Toshiba has confirmed the launch of the first HD DVD/HDD recorder. The Vardia RD-A1 will offer one terabyte of hard disk capacity able to record up to 130 hours of high-definition (HD) material. 115 minutes of HD content can be burnt to a 15-gigabyte (GB) single-layer HD DVD-R disc, and up to 230 minutes to a 30GB dual-layer HD DVD-R disc.
The machine will debut on the Japanese market July 14, about four weeks later than AV zombie predicted back at the beginning of May.
The unit has two tuners, one digital HD, the other analogue. In addition to HD DVD, the RD-A1 also supports playback from and recording to conventional DVD-RAM/-RW/-R discs, and allows simplified transfer of home brewed DVD content to higher capacity HD DVD discs.
Connectivity includes 1080p output via HDMI (making it the first HD DVD deck able to output Full HD), plus up-conversion of SD DVD to 1080p. Toshiba claims that the video and audio output is “further enhanced by the design of the RD-A1’s chassis, which isolates the player from vibration and optimizes the performance of its high-grade parts and components.”
While the RD-A1, or a derivative will also appear on the American market, there are no plans to launch it in Europe.